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GoBe’s First Loan Recipient

Please join us for a brief presentation on how you can invest in a new microloan project and help the first loan recipient, Miriam Vasquez, in her efforts to start a small, handmade chocolate company in Peguche, Ecuador. 

You are among a small group of women being invited to participate in the pilot of this new lending model designed to promote self-sufficiency among indigenous people in various parts of the world. Investors, for example, cannot just expect to receive a small return on their investment. They’ll also get the chance to connect with Miriam through regular project updates and get preferential first potentially through future tours to visit Miriam and other projects in which they may choose to invest.  To learn more about Miriam and her business plan click on the link above.

On Thursday, Feb. 4, we’ll be giving a short presentation on how you can help Miriam make the final purchases needed to get her store opened to the public. A morning session will be held at the Grand Traverse Pie Company (525 West Front Street) from 8-8:45 a.m., and an evening session at Scott’s Harbor Grill (12719 SW Bay Shore Drive) from 5:30-6:15 p.m. There, Mimi will talk more about her relationship with Miriam, and we’ll explain the intention behind the project and more on how it will work.

From Feb. 23 to March 6, Mimi Wheeler, Kim Schneider, Juliette Schultz, Sharon Hendricks and Jody Treter will travel to Ecuador to help Miriam establish her new business, finalize her business plan and develop markets and promotional strategies. We will report regularly from Peguche while there and then at least monthly via a blog where you’ll be able to track Miriam’s progress.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday and hope you will consider partnering with us in some way in this new person-to-person lending model.

Miriam with her youngest son
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